So far, our spring has been relatively quiet with just an occasional thunderstorm embedded in more widespread rain showers, but things could change on Friday. As of this morning, the Storm Prediction Center has most of the Mid-Atlantic including much of North Carolina under the Slight Risk category for severe storms.
You might remember last year brought a change in the SPC's risk categories, and "slight risk" means that there is the potential for short-lived, isolated severe thunderstorms containing hail of at least one inch in diameter and/or winds in excess of 58 miles per hour. There is also a small risk for one or two tornadoes to develop from well-formed storms.
At this point, it looks like the cold front that will trigger these storms should be crossing the Triangle late afternoon into the evening hours. Exact timing is still a little hard to pinpoint two days out, but we have enough confidence that storms will happen and could become severe that the SPC has already assigned the Slight Risk category to the region.
As you go through your day Friday, be weather aware, have at least one way to get severe thunderstorm warnings, whether it be through a phone app, radio, or television, and have a plan.